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Lagos to offset pregnant women’s, emergency patients’ bills during lockdown

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LAGOS State will offset medical bills of pregnant women and patients on emergency at all its hospitals during the period of lockdown in the city.

  The intervention package will also cover patients due for surgery.

  Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this while announcing more palliatives for vulnerable residents, who might be badly affected by the ongoing 14-day lockdown imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari in Lagos, Ogun and FCT.

  “Lagos State Government will for the duration of the restriction on movement be taking full responsibility for the medical bills of all patients who fall in the following categories at all Lagos State-owned secondary healthcare facilities.

The first category are patients in emergency, casualty cases, including registration, laboratory tests, surgeries, and drugs. Those in the second category are maternity cases. We will bear the full cost of pregnant women on normal delivery and caesarean sections in our hospitals in this period of lockdown.

What this new scheme means is that, at this time, patients with the listed medical conditions will not need to pay to access treatment and care in all our 27 general hospitals across the state,” he said.

  The governor further said that the state had started to review the process of distribution of food relief package, which was introduced at the beginning of the restriction, adding that the programme had made a great impact in the lives of beneficiaries.

  Meanwhile LAGOS State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that over 400 vehicles had been impounded by security agencies for flouting the stay-at-home order, aimed at curbing the spread of Coronavirus.

  The governor, who revealed this after a security meeting with security agencies in Lagos, thanked the security agencies for helping to ensure order, but implored them to be compassionate in enforcing the lockdown. He said the security agencies have assured him to continue to secure residents’ lives and properties, though they would not entertain breakdown of law and order.

  Sanwo-Olu further stated that his administration was committed to citizens’ welfare and that it did not envisage some of the teething problems experienced with the stimulus package programme regarding COVID-19.

  “I must assure you that we have since returned to the drawing board for a more superior strategy to ensure that this laudable programme is not compromised by the sheer irresponsibility of a few, and that the full palliative impact is realised across the state.”

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